The Mayo Clinic defines eye bags as, “mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes”, but the average person defines them as frustrating. Looking in the mirror first thing in the morning and being greeted by a puffy eyed greeting starts the day off badly.
To get rid of eye bags you first need to know why you have them. There are many reasons that cause this look and there is also help to get rid of them.
There are many reasons to cause your eyes to develop bags under them. They can be:
- Crying excessively
- Changes in hormones
- Changes in the weather
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Stressed physically
- Unhealthy diet
- Not sleeping properly
For some of these reasons there are eye bag remedies that can be tried at home to relieve the swelling. Water is the first attempt for many as they find being hydrated, drinking approximately eight to ten glasses of water a day, prevents water retention that can make the area under your eye swell as well as other areas.
Cucumbers have also been known to reduce the swelling when you place cut cucumber slices on your eyelids for about ten minutes. There are enzymes and astringent properties in cucumbers that will reduce inflammation. The slices should be cooled for about ten minutes before applying them to your eyes and the process should be repeated several times a day.
Another home remedy is the use of egg whites as they have a skin tightening property. This will also aid in the removal of wrinkles under the eye. Only the whites are effective so they must be separated from the yolk and then whipped until stiff. When they have reached a stiff consistency, brush them gently onto the eyelid and allow them to dry. They can be wiped off after fifteen minutes and the process should be repeated for a few days.
Consult a Doctor
If the eye bags become more than just a nuisance, if they become red and are itching then you should consult with your doctor right away. This could be more than just normal swelling and you need to rule out more serious illnesses. If the condition proves to be from normal eye bag symptoms there is a new eye bag treatment you may want to discuss. It is a non-surgical eye bag treatment that has been proven to work on 95% of the patients it’s been applied to. This new procedure is called, Tear Trough and uses hyaluronic acid fillers applied through needles.
Another medical procedure to treat dark circles and eye bags is a laser treatment called, The Madonna Lift. This procedure will leave your eyes red and puffy for a day; however the healing time is quick. The number of treatments required depends on how deep the wrinkles are and how much puffiness you have under your eyes.
There are numerous products also marketed to remove eye bags. For many it will be a trial and error method to discover which product works best if this is the method you choose.